Ramadahn by Ursula Roberts
the need for prayer and meditation, can you suggest ways by which we
might rise above the many things which hold us to the earth?
By establishing within
yourself the habit of prayer and quiet remembrance, such as has been
created in many religious communities, in which at every hour a bell
is rung, bringing back the community to the recollection of God. You
may appoint for yourself a time at a certain hour when, whatsoever
you are doing, as soon as your eye sees that time automatically you
will re-establish your remembrance of the power, unity and beauty of
the most High. You do not need to pause in your occupation. Some
people can establish this each time they see a child, some at
morning and evening. It is an individual pattern created by simply
switching your consciousness from its awareness of what you are
doing unto the remembrance of the power and majesty of God. You may
also sit quietly in meditation for a short time, watching the rhythm
of your breath, breathing in life and breathing out love, for life
and love are the very essence of the Universal Spirit itself. Having
established this habit you will discover peace.
find it difficult to break the chains of comfort. I try to meditate
at night, but sleep always overcomes me.
It is easier for the soul
to unfold and for the spirit to grow when it has less of the
comforts of civilisation. If you wish to scale the spiritual heights
then must you discipline the body and the bodily desires, applying
yourself to the gaining of spiritual treasure with the same
assiduousness as you give to the gaining of earthly treasure or
wealth. The gifts of the spirit are not given; they are gained! The
ways of the spirit are taught and shown, but only you can walk upon
the ways, and only you can practise what we teach.
The treasures of the soul which you may attain in your high moments
of spiritual enlightenment are more beautiful, more precious than
any you can gain in your places of bodily comfort. So seek, pray,
and establish rhythm in your lives, and discover for yourself the
beauty of the spirit and the richness of the soul.
can one remain peaceful and unruffled?
Try to hold within some
place in your mind a simple word. You may hold fast unto the word "Jesu"
or to a simple symbol such as a cross. In the midst of your busy
activity let your mind revert to this one word. Or in conversation
you may be listening to another but your mind can rest on the
thought, "Peace, peace, peace," so that it becomes a note sounding
in the inward places of your consciousness.
You have a mind that recollects many things, so as your conscious
mind repeats this word it is like an echo which the mind of
recollection brings forth in response. So, although you may be
hurried or weary, the inward sounding word brings up from the wells
of memory, peace, peace.
the earthly mind seems to be predominating in one's meditation time,
is it helpful to use music?
Truly, for as the sound of
music goes forth into the atmosphere surrounding you in colour and
beauty, it vibrates upon the delicate unfolding spiritual
consciousness and will often bring it into peace. It also brings
relaxation to the mortal body itself, and as the body relaxes so it
comes into harmony with the spirit. In your world too little is
known about radiations of sound and their reaction upon the delicate
structures of the mortal body as well as those of the spiritual
one wishes to meditate and does not feel well is it better to leave
it, or perhaps to try as best one can?
It is better to leave the
effort at meditating, but to spend a short time in affirming or
recollecting the quality of meditation. In other words, lie upon
your bed to rest and renew your strength, but as it is your
accustomed time for meditation, remember this, and in your
recollection go back in thought to a moment when you experienced the
full beauty of a previous one. By doing this you re-establish a link
with the influence of that previous time.
it be said that until one has learned to concentrate properly and
single-mindedness is achieved, one is not ready to meditate?
That is true, because in
your. Everyday training the mind is not taught either to meditate or
to concentrate. The child in school is taught to switch the mind
from one subject to another so there is a multiplicity of thoughts
imparted to the mind, and when the child reaches adulthood there is
still this same tendency for many interests to gain the attention of
the mortal mind.
you say, then, that in training oneself to concentrate one should do
only a single thing?
Yes, for often the fingers
may be occupied in a labour and the mind may be somewhere else.
we have to learn to concentrate upon these mundane things which we
really do not like doing in order to reach the goal?
Yes. A soul taking its way
through the seasons of the mortal life should undertake its work
with a full degree of knowledge that everything it does is
important, if it is charged with the spirit of love and with
awareness that this is a spiritual opportunity. The paper you touch,
the pen you hold, the thought you think, all become impregnated with
the great universal life-power of light, truth and beauty, once you
are aware that you are a spirit, part of the great Eternal Spirit.
one concentrates on a particular job of work in the daily life to
such a degree that there is only a slight awareness of what is
happening around, is that what you mean?
Truly. And just such
concentration is needed, so that as you enter into meditation your
mind may easily concentrate upon the subject of your meditation, and
through that come swiftly into peace. You can then take a further
step and meditate upon the thought of a candle burning within a
still place, and as your thought comes through that still flame, you
may enter into deeper stillness and come to greater knowledge.
are the first steps to meditation?
There are many ways, for it
means bringing the mortal mind into harmony with the spiritual mind
that the two may blend.
So you may meditate while
seated upon a quiet hillside or within a garden, trying to blend
your mortal mind with the stillness and peace of the great realm of
nature, as your thoughts cease the busyness of their activity and
come into a slower rhythm, until at last the rhythm of thought
itself dies away and you are at peace.
In your desire for spiritual unfoldment seek for the habit of
meditation, that at any moment you may stop, be still and at peace.
Then the mortal mind feels the peace of the great oversoul, the
spiritual mind, interpenetrating it so that the two become one in
harmony and joy. True melody is created by a vibration of notes,
then a pause, a note, then a pause. When you sing, your voice rises
then drops down and rests, and out of your resting and rising is
melody. Whether music comes from your own throat and lips or the
flowing of singing streams, still it is created as much by the
resting as by the sounding of notes and singing.
Human existence is a sounding forth of notes, a melody, and each of
you are part of the whole symphony of life. Therefore your soul
needs to sing, then to rest and pause, to wait and be still, that
within its resting it may take up new vibrations: the thousand
things you each undertake day by day.
Do your earthly work, speak your many words, but establish a rhythm
in your life of quiet pausing, of coming into peace. Slacken the
tension for a moment and remember you are spirit; for a second you
are at peace. In that second the mortal mind becomes renewed and
refreshed as it is tuned unto the overself. The habit of meditative
recollection when established regularly and rhythmically in your
daily life will mean that easily and safely you may go into the
deeper silence. Here the mortal mind may be released from the
pressure of duty thoughts and be allowed to relax in the beauty
thoughts of the spirit, for often duty brings strain, but beauty
brings relaxation and harmony.
meditating, is it good always to concentrate on the same theme or
It is good to use the same
seed thought for a period, but to change it occasionally, for the
mortal mind becomes automatic in its reaction to certain things, and
a change of the seed idea for a few weeks is profitable.
were speaking about tuning in to the natural forces. Is it possible
while meditating to hear the sound of a particular flower? Some
people say they hear wheat singing or bluebells ringing.
Yes, if persevered with,
you will find that as you begin to seek for that attunement and
awareness a great new world of beautiful discovery opens before you.
one sits for meditation, do the guides and spirit friends take any
The part that guides would
play is to impinge upon your first efforts their peace or
tranquillity, especially if you have been living in a state of
emotional unrest or have not yet learned the first lesson of
concentration. Within the spirit realm there is a large body of
ministering spirits who in their mortal lives were nuns, monks,
hermits or yogis, under the guidance of those who knew the pathway
of meditation, concentration and contemplation. So when a soul such
as yourself desires to meditate and takes the first steps towards
the lighting of the candle flame of clear meditative thought, a
light or sound will vibrate into the inner planes. To you will be
attracted a spirit who understands your weakness, your lack of
development, and who will stand near to impart to your aura either
the blueness of tranquillity, or to blend with your mind their
steadiness in concentration. If there is a psychic weakness within
the mediumistic body they will stand near to guard you from any
invasion which may take place owing to your ignorance or
misunderstanding of the laws you are seeking to apply. It is in this
blending of the guide's consciousness with yours that you at slowly
strengthened and brought from stage to stage of understanding, until
at last you break through into the clear realisation of that which
you are seeking. Then, their work completed, those who have been
guiding you may withdraw to undertake the guidance of another upon a
it not be good for more people to learn to meditate in this very
hectic life-style today?
Truly, for it would not
only bring quietness to the mind and peace to tormented emotions,
but this meditation of which I speak will open the way for true
healing of the spirit to flow through. The outcome should be harmony
of body, health and renewal of body forces, peace of mind and
control over emotions. If you do not achieve these from your
meditation, then you need to learn again, to be persistent, until
the inflow of peace, life and love rejuvenates the physical and
mortal body which is the instrument of the soul.
it help to wear a yellow garment for meditation?
It is a very good practice,
for the yellow garment tends to quieten the mental activities and
bring to constructive activity the power of the intellect, but make
it of a delicate primrose colour, or wear a garment which has an
embroidery of pure gold upon it.
you speak of people wearing gold, does that apply to everyone?
It applies to those who are
aspiring towards spiritual development and to an understanding of
spiritual matters, those who earnestly desire to use their minds to
understand the laws by which life is governed by the great Master
Creator, and to meditate in peace. It is also for those who try to
express their understanding upon rays of inspiration, both spoken
and in the form of music or art, for them, too, the golden light is
indeed needed, as it replenishes and quickens the faculties of the
brain cells when the brain appears to be tiring under a period of
the sign of the cross serve any useful purpose?
It serves a very useful
purpose so long as the person who is making such a sign is aware
that they have spiritual power within themselves.
can we use it in ordinary life?
At the closure of your day,
spend a little time in the secrecy of prayer and meditation, and try
to send forth into the air the shape of a shining cross, sending it
upward through the roof of the home wherein you dwell into that part
of the world nearest to you.
In your loving thought try to uphold it for a few moments above the
roof of your house, and as you uphold it, those in the spirit who
are working with you will draw near to invest this spiritual symbol
with their own radiance and understanding, that the cross may be
supported. During the hours of darkness it will be a light unto
those who may suddenly lose the use of their physical bodies, for
seeing the light of the cross which you have raised, they may find
their way through the shadows towards it, and those ministering
spirits who cluster around the cross may lift these recently dead
ones into that radiance and safely bring them into the places of
this only be of use to Christians?
In your world there are
many men and women whose minds are clouded with fear, hate and
confusion, and they know not what to believe or where to turn,
because their faith in the goodness of the great Master Creator is
destroyed by the many challenges and negative forces at work in your
mortal world. This symbol of the cross is a sign known unto most of
earth's children, whether they be born into the Christian or other
faiths. They know that the cross is the symbol of compassion, and
where the cross shines, therein goodness and compassion may be
Though only a small thing, nevertheless it is a message you are
writing with the living power of your own inward soul as you seek to
raise the cross, creating it by thought, sustaining it by will, and
investing it with light as you think upon it at the closure of each
is the difference between contemplation and meditation?
Contemplation is a
quietness of the soul in which all activity has ceased and the soul
is in a complete state of acquiescence, or meditation, in that it
can only gaze, absorb or become absorbed into that which it is
contemplating. There is no exact division between these three
things, because they interblend and it is possible for the soul who
becomes proficient to pass swiftly from concentration to meditation,
and from this into contemplation, so the three become as one.
one is contemplating some aspect of God and you become at rest, then
God takes over in that silence. Isn't that contemplation?
I think you are symbolising
in a differing measure that which I have tried to explain, for as
you contemplate or become absorbed into, does not the thing in which
you have become absorbed also absorb you?
meditation, when the point is reached when one is not conscious at
all, "just gone away," then you "return" refreshed, what should be
done? Should one strive to retain some idea of the meditation?
No, for when you reach this
stage you have reached the first degree of contemplation; you have
entered into the deep state of silence and rest, to the degree that
you become unconscious of the activity of the mortal body. In this
state you have absorbed from the Universal God Spirit some aspect of
life, love or renewal, so that when you return you are refreshed.
Just give yourself more and more to this and you will get greater
and greater refreshment.
concentration, then meditation. What is ecstacy?
Ecstacy is that which is
often experienced when the soul has managed to break through the
confines of the mortal thought and has entered into unity with the
universal state of consciousness which lies without. This may
sometimes bring great peace or it may be known as a great love; it
may come in a tremendous inflow of joy. This is symbolised by the
what you have said, could that be the moment when one is entranced
No, this has no
relationship whatsoever to the control of spirits over their
mediums. It can only be undertaken by the seeking soul who realises
itself as a spirit using its bodies for a season for experience in
the mortal world, and desiring to attain to its own true self
consciousness and unity with the source from which it has sprung.
The trance and joy which occurs through mediumship is something
that we of the spirit can impart to mediums that they may be
encouraged to seek for further development, greater knowledge.
you speak about the states of ecstacy experienced by people like St
Teresa? What exactly is that?
It is the cleansing. of the
whole consciousness, so that it comes into a state of complete
unity. Too often in the seeking after the things of spirit the
spiritual consciousness is cleansed but the mortal or memory
consciousness is still filled with fears and discords of the past.
Therefore, persons such as those of whom you speak may spend long
seasons in prayer and meditation, seeking to purify the deep hidden
consciousness so that when the spiritual mind reaches out into unity
with the power of God, then the joy which comes with such a union is
translated not only to the spiritual mind, but also to the deeper
subconscious mind so the whole person becomes radiated with the joy
of the great Master Creator.
this spiritual cleansing account for the stigmata phenomenon
experienced by some saints?
Yes, for in the particular
cases of which you speak the individuals have dwelled in deep
thought upon the aspects of the crucifixion and have in meditation
tried to visualise what this has meant, so the subconscious becomes
deeply impressed with these images. In the time of purification the
images are brought to the surface and may reflect themselves in just
this fashion. Any sincere individual, having a reverence for a
particular symbol and dwelling in thought upon it may, when complete
unity arises within the consciousness, show a sign of the symbol
either upon their living flesh or in some part of the bodily self.
it possible to induce that by self-hypnosis?
Each of you do this,
knowingly or unknowingly in your daily life, for you are filled with
the images of age and weakness, and this thought sinks deep down
into the inward consciousness until one day it is out-pictured upon
the living flesh as old age. Those who visualise health and youth
and the influence of spirit have this image deeply etched within the
consciousness, and so the bodily form reflects the youthfulness of